I can’t believe three weeks have already passed. Really by the time you will be reading this most, if not all, of the month will have been over. I have already used a lot of sheet masks this month. If you missed what I used the first two weeks I also have recaps of week one, and of week two. Make sure to check those out.
Last week was a some exploring mixed with using up some things before they go bad. This week I wanted to keep trying some new items, but I also wanted to bring back some of the favorites. There was one misstep in the plan, and you will see that as we go.
I even added something on the fun side this week. So lets take a look at week three’s recap.
This is the Yadah Moisturizing Mask Pack. I think the packaging makes it pretty obvious this has honey as an ingredient. This is extra moisturizing and honey is also great for pimples.
This is a great mask for anyone with extra sensitivities or someone like me who has a contact allergy. It says 4 free on the pack..It is free of parabens, fragrance, ethanol, and artificial colors. You can also find brands marked as 5 free and 6 free. It is often looked as a competition with some brands who can make their products the most natural.
Day sixteen’s mask is the Pore Rosehip Mud Sheet Mask from JJ Young by Caolion Lab. I received mine in a subscription box, and unfortunately it looks like everywhere that carried this particular mask is out of stock. If you want to try something similar, you may like this It’s Skin Color Solution Mud Mask Sheet.
I had never tried one of these mud sheet masks before. It was definitely an interesting experience. I’m not sure that I am ready to pass judgment on whether I like them or not until I try another one or two.
I will say that I found myself worrying that it would stick to my brows or get in my hair. That didn’t happen, and I was pleasantly surprised by that. And it was a lot less messier and easier to remove than a traditional mud mask.
Day seventeen comes with a bit of a story. This mask is the Superfood Broccoli Mask from Nohj. I had never used this mask before, but I have used broccoli masks from other brands before. As I was putting the mask on I realized it didn’t smell like the other broccoli masks I have tried, and I didn’t like the scent at all. But I powered past the smell and put it on. I had it on for about two minutes and started feeling my face having a burning and tingling sensation that I associate with an allergic reaction.
I went ahead and took the sheet mask off at that point. I went back and looked and sure enough there were several ingredients I react to with my Balsam of Peru Allergy. This was particularly odd because it was in my stash of sheet masks that were ready to use. I always check ingredients before putting any masks in there.
This was definitely not a case of it being a bad mask. I will say I did not care for the fit for me. I had to make some cuts around the eyes and mouth to make it fit, but there are
On day nineteen I used the Pumpkin Ade Sheet Mask from Mediheal. I did tell you that I love this line of sheet mask. While the cacao one is my favorite, all of them do great things for my skin.
I do believe that this is another seasonal mask. I tend to stock up on the ones that I love when I see them, that way I can use them all year round. This should be back in stock in the fall. With the exception of a few eBay sellers, no one seems to have them in stock right now. I wouldn’t personally recommend buying sheet masks on eBay mainly because of their shelf life. I don’t know of any similar masks to this one to recommend.
You should know that I wouldn’t be able to stay away from my favorite brand for long. On day twenty I used a Pearl Essence Sheet Mask from eSfolio. Pearl essence is really great for anyone who has rough or dull looking skin. It gives you that glowing youthful look to the skin.
Yes, your eyes have not deceived you. I have decided to use eSfolio on back to back days. But for day 21 I decided to go all out and use a hydrogel mask from them. This is their Aloe Hydro-Gel Mask.
This is currently sold out everywhere I know of that carried it. I am honestly not sure if this was a one time item or if it will be back. I bought mine on YesStyle in the winter time. Keep in mind many seasonal items are opposite of what they are for us. So aloe which we think of as used in summer, they have their summers as we have winter. However if you are just interested in trying a hydrogel mask, you might enjoy this ALL MASK STORY – Pearl Brightening Hydro Gel Mask.
That wraps up week three. There won’t be the same kind of recap for week four as I will be traveling. I will instead be doing a what skin care I traveled with post. I will still be sheet masking while traveling, but there will be some repeats. But if you want to see me using them you can catch that on my social media.
Tell me in the comments if there is a mask you would like to see me try out or give my thoughts on.
We are now at the end of week three of my sheet mask challenge. If you missed the previous post you can click here to find week one and here for week two.
This is the Esfolio Essence Mask Sheet – Pearl. As you have probably heard me say way too many times now esfolio is one of my favorite brands because I really see results from their products. This pear essence mask helps with brightening. If you are unsure what that means you probably never had a problem with dull skin, but it can essentially mean one of two things. People usually mean that skin doesn’t have the radiance and brightness that youthful skin has, or sometimes it’s used in referring to uneven skin tone. This sheet mask cost $1.99 at regular price.
This is the Berrisom Horror Mask Skull – Black Rice. This mask, while the picture was hilarious, was not a good fit. It did not cover my whole face. The essence is supposed to be for moisture and elasticity, however I really didn’t think this mask performed well. It did feel pleasant on. Like most of these fun mask, I would classify them more as a beginners mask. They are great to get people interested in skin care, especially teens. This sells for $3.00 normal price.
This is the Mediental- Relaxing Soothing Sensor Hydrogel Mask. I had a bit of trouble with the initial application and getting this to stay in place, but after the initial two to three minutes it was fine. The mask itself was very cooling and soothing feeling. I will definitely repurchase this mask. And it is one of the most affordable hydrogel masks I have tried. It cost just $3.00 at regular price.
This is the Holika Holika Baby Silky Hand Mask Sheet. This is great for softening your hands and cuticles, especially in the winter time. I hadn’t tried this particular brand before but I had tried similar. They all seem to work well. This sells for $5.48, and I believe you get two packs. The link goes to Amazon, but I bought mine somewhere else that is now sold out.
This is the Ettang Modeling Take-Out Cup Pack. We used these at the Korean Skin Care party I co-hosted with my friend Jenny. I used the Mulberry one. This is not a sheet mask obviously, but I didn’t get home till late and I had done so much skin care at this point, there was no need to do more before bed.
Let me know in the comments what masks you tried this week.
And don’t forget any of the mask that are available on Beauteques website you can receive 10% off your purchase with the code KAREN
For those of you following along with the sheet mask challenge this is the summary of the masks I used for week two. If you are brand new to the blog or just now checking out the challenge you can still catch up by checking out what I used for Week One Of My Sheet Mask Challenge.
This is the Missha Real Solution Tencel Sheet Mask – Ceramide (Soothing). This was the first time I used this mask. I loved the cooling soothing feeling of this formula, but I was a little surprised at how messy and hard to deal with the actual mask was. That is unusual for a Tencel mask. But it was still a great mask and I will buy this one again. These sell for $3.25 at regular price.
This is the FoodAholic Cucumber Natural Essence Mask. It is currently sold out at all the places I would feel comfortable referring you to buy from, but I am sure they will be back in stock soon at most places that carry this brand. I have used this mask before. They are a 3D mask. I don’t actually like the 3D mask, but I like the formula of the essence and haven’t found a suitable replacement. If you are unfamiliar with 3D masks, instead of being flat and you shaping it to your face they come pre-shaped like a face sort of. They don’t work so well for me as most are made for very small faces. But I can tear them a bit and make them work. When these are in stock they sell for $1.99 regular price.
This is the Saference F+C Skin-RX Facial Firming Mask. This was another new one I tried. I could feel some sort of effect from it. There was slight tingling feeling. Not unpleasant, but I am not entirely sure I really saw any difference in my skin. But this was the hardest mask ever to unfold. I spent a minimum of three minutes trying to figure it out. I would consider giving this one another try, but I don’t think this would ever become a favorite. These sell for $2.39 at regular price.
This is the Beauty Concepts Pedi Patrol Repairing Foot Mask SPA Sock. This comes in a three pack. I had already used two of the pairs, and honestly I just wanted to use these up and clear out space. I am not a fan of these. I have tried other brands that do a much better job. These do make my feet feel a little softer for a day or two, but that is about it. I probably won’t buy these again. These sell for $16.99 a box at regular price.
This is the Esfolio – Black Caviar Hydrogel Eye Patches. They are cooling and have a slight brightening effect to the eye area. You get thirty pairs of these in a container, and the black caviar variety is just one option you can choose. I am not sure how many types esfolio makes, but there are two other options on Beauteques website. These sell for $14.99 at regular price.
This is the Ladykin Lifting Ice Cold Mask – Acai Berry. One final new to me mask for the week. Wow, I really tried a lot of new masks this week. Anyway, this is a cellulose mask. They are very similar to hydrogel mask in looks and feel. But there is enough difference that you can definitely tell the difference. This mask itself was very cooling and refreshing. I will definitely buy this again. This sells for $4.99 at regular price.
Tell me in the comments below if you have tried any of these masks before and what you think. Also make sure to let me know if you are also taking the mask challenge.
I had originally had intended for today to be a fashion post, but we have unfortunately this week been hit by a sudden and drastic drop in temperature as well as our first snow of the year(or as I like to call it Devil Dust). And doing a fashion post is both more time consuming as well as physically exerting, and I just don’t have it in me to do it right now. So consider today’s post brought to you by fibromyalgia. It sponsors a lot of my decisions in the winter time.
So what am I talking about today? If you saw my post from a little over a week ago about my goals for the year, then you know that all this month on Instagram I am doing a sheet mask challenge. I am using a sheet mask every day this month in my skin care routine with no repeats, so 31 different sheet masks. I have tried to share a little info about each one, but I thought I would do a summary each week on here with links to the actual masks as well as any additional info I thought might be helpful. I may end up sharing some of the same info, but not everyone follows me on Instagram.
And everyone is welcome to join in and participate with the sheet mask challenge, it’s not too late. If you don’t have or can’t afford enough sheet masks for the rest of the days of the month, just participate as you can.
On day one I used the A’pieu Sweet Melon Sheet Mask. This is a cotton mask that you leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. This is a pleasantly sweet melon scent. I am not sure what the melon is that is used, but the closest reference for scent that American’s will recognize is a Honeydew Melon. The mask is soaked in a mixture of melon and milk protein extracts. This is mainly used for moisturizing. It sells for $1.99 regular price.
On day two I used the Holika Holika Juicy Mask Sheet – Aloe. This is used for soothing and moisturizing. It has a light fresh scent that you would expect from aloe. However if you detect a little something more in the scent, that is because there is also cucumber and cabbage extract in the mix. This mask can be worn for 15 to 20 minutes. It sells for $2.20 at regular price.
On day three I used the A’Pieu Pore Deep Clear- Black Charcoal. This is a black sheet mask. The main ingredient is black charcoal. It is great for not only cleansing the surface of your skin of impurities but also your pores. While a lot of clay masks that do the same thing may dry your skin out, no worry about that with a sheet mask. So all skin types are okay to use this mask. This sells for $1.99 regular price.
On day four I used the esfolio – Pure Skin Volcanic Ash Essence Mask Sheet. This is in my top ten favorite masks of all time. This is a must have mask for anyone that deals with skin issues that cause plaque like build up on the skin. It’s good for other people too. Like a charcoal masks it cleans out skin impurities, but it does it in a different way. I normally purchase this mask from either Beauteque or Memebox, but neither of them currently have it in stock for some reason. I looked and the only place I have purchase from before that has it in is yesStyle, so that is where the link leads. Please be aware if you order from yesStyle those items ship from China, so expect anywhere from a two to six week wait for your items. Also they seem to only be available by the box on this site, so it will be a higher price than just one at a time. They sell for $17.42 for a 10 pack.
On day five I used the Shelim Ultra Hydrating Essence Mask- Coconut. This was a new mask to me that I was really excited to try. I love anything coconut, and I was not disappointed. I want to give it another try, but this just might move into my top ten favorite masks. The smell was amazing, just like a pina colada. This mask is a real work horse to. Obviously from the name you know its going to be used for hydration, but it is also good for soothing damaged skin, helps with skin elasticity and vitality. And it says “The active component forms a protective coat on the skin, while locking in moisture.” You can keep this one on for 20 to 25 minutes. It sells for $1.90 at regular price.
On day six I used the MediHeal Cacao Ade Sheet Mask. I can’t link this because no one seems to have it in stock at the moment. I think a lot of items are seasonal. This is also one of my top ten sheet masks. It is meant to be a topical cleaning kind of mask, but it also is very relaxing to me because of the chocolate smell. Yes it smells like real chocolate. It feels very soothing on the skin, and it feels like a real spa like experience. This normally sells for $1.90 at regular price.
On day seven I used the Skinfood Beauty in a Food Rice Mask Sheet. I normally get these from Beauteque, but they are sold out. The only place I could find them currently was on Amazon, which is where I linked you to. However, it is for a full box. This mask moisturizes, smoothes, and brightens. It sells for $14.40 for a 10 piece box.
If you decide you would like to try any of the items mentioned from Beautque, don’t forget you can get 10% off your order(even on sale items) with coupon code KAREN.
Tell me in the comments below what your favorite sheet mask is, and don’t forget to let me know if you are participating in the sheet mask challenge.
This review is for the Daiso Reusable Silicon Sheet Mask Cover. I have had mine for about a month now, and have lots of time to use it with different types of masks. I initially was not planning on reviewing this product but I was asked to by a couple of Instagram followers who saw the picture I posted of mine when it first came in. So I am more than happy to give my thoughts on it.
First off they tell you the color you receive is random, which is fine but it is also true. As you can see the one pictured above is a pinkish color, and the one I received was completely clear.
If you are complete sheet mask addict like me, you may already know about these and know what they are for. But for those of you who aren’t familiar, lets take a look at what the company says about them:
A super hit “mask cover” maked of elastic silicon, which is comfortable to skin, re-usable. It comes with ear loops to keep the mask in place. There are 3 ways that you can use the mask. How to use (a) wrapping effect – wear over a sheet mask, it prevents mask essence from evaporating, helps reserve the maximum amount of essence for skin nourishment, (b) keep in position – wear with the ear loops to prevent the mask from slipping off when you move and so you can do more things than ever rather than resting, (c) use in bath-use in bath without a sheet mask, it works as a face steaming mask for relaxing purpose to re-use it, simply wash and keep it clean after used.
Let me say first that I don’t think points A and B are necessarily two separate things as they are saying, but that was okay for me. I mainly ordered this for the freedom of walking around while using a mask. If you are a casual sheet mask user it probably isn’t a big deal, but when you use them five nights a week it can sometimes be inconvenient to have to stop and lay down for ten to thirty minutes every night.
I was a little concerned based on some peoples comments saying that some brands of these can run really small (just like sheet masks do) and that they didn’t fit their faces or they were so tight that the straps hurt their ears. This was a concern for me because I have a larger than average head size for a woman, I can never find hats that fit me. Only select brands of sheet masks fit me just right. Most range from just a tad too small to way too small that its funny. However I am happy to report that this one fit perfectly fine. As you can see it does fit snugly, but that is what you want it to do to hold everything in place.
And for anyone who is wondering where I got them, you can check out my previous post about where I get my headbands that I use for my beauty routine.
I can’t really offer any opinions on using it as a steaming mask as I do not get to take baths on the regular. Our tubs are just not deep enough, so I am stuck showering. However I may give it a try at least once the next time I take a vacation.
I can talk about the wrapping effect though. This does work quite well for extending the wear of your mask. Its really important to not let them get too dry on your skin because it can start to actually leach the moisture back out of your skin if it does. This mask cover keeps your sheet mask from getting dry for quite a while.
I have found that for me it works best with cream type essence masks or ones that are just made for soothing the skin. I didn’t personally care for using it with anything containing hyaluronic acid as it takes away the cooling tingling effect you often get with that type of sheet mask, at least that was my experience. I also found it was best to avoid using this on especially hot days as it does get a little warm from holding in the body heat.
It is really easy to clean. If I used it with a watery essence based mask then I just rinse it with water and wipe it off. But if I have something more substantial on the mask then I just use a tiny bit of face wash to wash it with and again just rinse it and wipe it off. I then always hang it up on a hook just to make sure if I missed wiping any of the water off it will have a chance to air dry.
So is this a must have product? I think it really falls into a question of your beauty routine. If you use sheet masks three times or more a week its probably a must for you. However if you use it less often its probably less necessary and its more up to whether you just want to give it a try. Its probably great for the person who never has a spare minute to sit down to use a sheet mask but really wants to.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. So tell me, who else has tried this? Were you happy with yours? Did you get the same brand?
As you probably know, last month was Beauteque‘s relaunch as Beteaque: Your Mask Marketplace.
And at the beginning of last month I posted about the relaunch and the masks I was sent for review. All the masks I was sent I had never tried before. To refresh your memory here are the mask I was sent.
What it does – This nourishing and hydrating face mask contains Glacial milk, Bee propolis and Niacinamide to help moisturize the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines!
How you use it – Massage CO2 Aqua Gel into the skin for 1 to 2 minutes. Apply CO2 mask sheet to face, leaving it in place for 10 to 20. Rinse off excess with lukewarm water.
My thoughts – This mask was the most unique out of the ones I have tried. It came in two parts. The first part is the CO2 Aqua Gel and the second is the sheet mask. However the mask sheet is completely dry. You put the aqua gel on your face first then apply the sheet mask over it. Once the two are combined on your skin it activates. I didn’t really find the sensation pleasant with this one, however I did see nice results with my skin. On first try I would give this a rating of a 6 out of a 10. I would like to give this one another try in the near future and reevaluate then.
2. Holika Holika Pig-Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet:
What it does – Rich in nutritious elements, this pig collagen gel mask and is made with 10,000 ppm collagen from pig skin. Why pig collagen you ask? Pig collagen, much like human collagen, helps to keep your skin hydrated and enhance it’s elasticity. Diminish fine lines, increase your skin’s luminosity, and get supple, baby soft skin with this mask!
How you use it – On a cleansed and toned face, spread the gel mask over your face. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Gently pat in the remaining product for full absorption.
My thoughts – I think this was one of my two favorites out of the group. It was a gel mask which I love because they have a very cooling a soothing feeling by nature. It was deeply hydrating, but without clogging my pores. And my skin did feel softer after use. I would rate this one a 9 out of a 10.
*Note – This mask is not currently listed on Beauteque’s website. I do not know if it is coming back or not. You can contact their customer support to find out if you are interested.
What it does – This Intensely firming mask sheet with anti-aging cream essence has the effect of an entire jar of cream The dense microfiber sheet adheres closely to the skin, providing soothing comfort. It is formulated with marine collagen and black truffle to leave skin looking supple and improve elasticity.
How you use it – Unfold the mask an carefully place it on your freshly cleansed face. Avoid the eye and mouth contours. Remove after 10-20 minutes and gently dab remaining essence into skin.
My thoughts – I was curious to try this, but a little hesitant at the same time. While I am not prone to having a lot of acne I have had some breakouts when using heavy cream based sheet masks. This did not cause a breakout, so that was a plus. It left my skin feeling very firm, and it seemed like I felt the result for several days after. The only drawback was the scent. It had a fragrance, and you know for me that is a big no no. It did not cause a reaction, but I found it unpleasant. It reminded me of a moisturizer I had tried in the past from the Face Shop. This may just not be the brand for me. However if you do not have fragrance issues you definitely should give this a try. I would rate this a 7 out of 10, and if it were not for the fragrance it would have gotten a 9.
What it does – This highly concentrated essence mask sheet is formulated with fresh banana extract to help soothe and soften your skin! The fiber and vitamins contained in bananas will help moisturize and brighten the look of your complexion by removing dead skin cells.
How you use it – Apply to face after cleansing and toning the skin. Make sure the mask fits your eyes, nose and lips. Take off the mask after 15 to 20 minutes and dab remainig essence into skin.
My thoughts – Esfolio has consistently been one of my favorite brands because of how well their masks perform. This was not a disappointment. I don’t know that I thought it was super soothing, but it definitely was cleansing and brightening. My one disappointment with this mask was not a fault of the mask so much as I just made and assumption beforehand that maybe I shouldn’t have. Since it was banana I was expecting a banana fruit scent, and it was instead a banana leaf smell. It wasn’t a bad scent, just not what was expected. Any way I would rate this one 8 out of 10.
What it does – This mask controls sebum and cleans pores with its black sheet containing oak tree charcoal cooked in a kiln with temperature over 1,000 degrees.
How you use it – Place mask sheet so that it fits contours of the face. Remove mask after 10-15 minutes later and lightly pat to absorb remaining contents.
My thoughts – This is my other favorite new mask. It is a black mask, which usually means there is charcoal involved somehow, and there is with this one. Regardless if you have issues with acne or not, everyone needs to do something to help clean their pores out from time to time. I was especially in need when I tried this mask. While I don’t break out often when I do I get the really painful type. I had a really bad break out after helping a friend clean, and I just knew my pores were clogged. This has to be the best sheet mask I have ever tried for pores. Its reputation is well deserved. It actually cleared up a couple of small pimples over night and my skin felt super clean. I would rate this 9 out of 10.
What it does – Have a late night? Lack of sleep can cause you to not only feel tired but look tired as well. This black mask will help you fake a good nights sleep in just 5 minutes! It can make you and your skin look well rested by helping to brighten and firm your skin with a concentrated beauty essence. Suitable for normal, oily or combination skin.
How you use it – Cleanse and tone skin. Remove from package and fit to face. Can be worn for just 5 minutes if pressed for time, or longer.
My thoughts – This was the only one out of the group that I really just didn’t like. I don’t think there was anything wrong with it, I just don’t think it was for my skin. I didn’t see the type of results I would want. I think it would probably be better for someone with less mature skin. I would rate this one a 3 out of 10.
What it does – Smooth out wrinkles with Mizon Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide. Powerful peptides in this face mask work to firm and lift your face. Use weekly for a major boost to your skincare regimen. Ideal for all skin types.
How you use it – Simply lay mask on cleansed and towel-dried face, leaving on for 20-30 minutes before removing and patting in excess serum with fingertips.
My thoughts – I thought this did a great job, but yet again it had a scent I didn’t care for. Because of the nature of this mask though you would really need to use it on a more regular basis to see real results. I would give it a second chance. I would rate this one a 5 out of 10.
So those are the new masks that I was sent to review. And while these were sent to me for free all the opinions stated were my own. I want to always strive to be honest in all of my reviews. I would love to hear what you guys think. Have you tried any of these before? Let me know what you think of the ones you have tried before and what your skin type is. If you have any recommendation on what I should try I would love to hear that too.
And as always if you guys would like to purchase any of these masks or anything else from Beauteque, you can receive 10% off your entire order with coupon code KAREN. That can even be used on subscription services and sale items. The code does not expire as long as I am affiliated with them and you can use it multiple times.
As you all know I am a Beauteque Beauty, which is essentially the same thing as a brand ambassador. Over the next few months you will probably see more happening with them here on the blog and with my various social media. Some things may be sponsored, some not. I will make sure you know either way. But one of the things that has started to happen with the program is some of the awesome information they are sharing with us about products and the companies that make the products. They are also bringing out some great promotions. So I wanted to make sure to share some of this with my readers, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
For the month of July Beauteque will be featuring a product from a brand called Purpletale. BB Bag subscribers will receive one of Purpletale’s travel-friendly packs in that month’s “Destination: Beauty” themed BB Bag. (sign-ups close July 15)! Don’t forget, if you sign up you can use my coupon code KAREN to get 10% off your purchase, even subscriptions.
You also have the opportunity to win one of these packs through Beauteques Instagram contest. Just go to their Instagram account, follow them and look for the contest.
Now for the info you all want to know, the who what and wheres about Purpletale.
So who has tried this brand before? Did you enjoy it? Let us know your experience with Purpletale in the comments below. Also, I would love to know what you think of this sort of brand spotlight. Are you interested in finding out more about the Korean companies and what their products are about?
This is part 2 of the what and why my skin care changed series. In this part I will talk about my current skin care routine and how its different from last year when I posted about How I Was Caring For My Skin. Some things have stayed the same, but a lot has changed and I am really putting a lot more time into my skin. And as I mentioned in Part 1 I am trying to take my skin care routine closer to a traditional Korean routine, or at least as close to one as I can get that works for my skin. I am getting closer, but not quite there yet.
Before I started even writing this, I thought since I had a new camera that takes better pictures it would be great to show you pictures of my own actual products that I use instead of inserting pictures from manufactures. I wanted to include at least one large group picture of it all. So I gathered up all of my skincare and I took this picture.
And then after I took all of my photos, put everything away, loaded the photos onto my computer, and edited the photos I realized I forgot to include these products:
Insert cartoon sound effects here. Waa waa waa……..photo fail. But I am totally laughing at myself because this is the story of my life.
So before we actually go over the products, lets talk about my actual routine. I feel like my night time routine is the one that is the most intense and most actual routine, so lets start there.
Night Time Routine
Step 1. If I have makeup on, I use eye makeup remover pads to remove the eye makeup. And I sometimes will lightly swipe them across my face to start the process of removing the rest of my makeup. I don’t wear makeup every day, so this is definitely a optional step for me.
Step 2. First cleanser. For me I use my foaming cleanser in this step. I know this is the step a lot of people would use either their oil based cleanser or their water free liquid cleanser, but that doesn’t work for me. I have tried several oil cleansers at this point and all that I have tried have irritated my skin. I wouldn’t go so far to say that they caused an allergic reaction, but my skin definitely didn’t like it. My skin does quite well with foam cleansers, but I do find they often leave me a little dry feeling, so this is why I decided to use it first. This may change in the future, and you need to pay attention to your own skins needs when choosing your own routine.
Step 3. Second cleanser. This is where I use my no water cleanser. I have been using one that has an aloe base, so it is moisturizing at the same time that it cleanses. Since the foam cleansers seem to be a little drying, its nice using this one second to put some moisture back into my skin. If I used it first I feel it would be pulled back out by the other cleanser.
Step 4. Toning. It took me a little while to get on board with this step. The last time I had used a toner was in my late teens and it was an American brand. It essential was all alcohol and some sort of acne treatment. I think a lot of people in the US are familiar with this sort of idea of a toner. But Korean toners are a lot different. It is actually very soothing if you choose one with the right ingredients. It is meant to open the pores and make your skin receptive to soaking in the next healthy ingredients you are about to put on it.
Step 5. Now this is where it becomes a little more tricky because I don’t do the same thing for step five every night. Five nights a week I use some sort of sheet mask, I use a variety of different ones. I just try and pick something each night that I feel treats how my skin is feeling that day. On the alternative two days I use either some combination of Ampoules, Essenses, and Serums. Again, I try to choose based on how my skin is feeling and reacting that day.
Step 6. Eye treatment. At this point I will use either an eye serum or eye cream.
Step 7. Moisturizing. You guessed it, this is where I use my moisturizer.
Step 8. Sleeping Mask. This step is only done once or twice a week. In case you are not familiar with Sleeping Masks they are more like a deep moisturizer that goes over everything else you did to seal it in. You sleep in it and wash it off in the morning.
Day Time Routine
My day time skin care routine is far less routine and I do what fits my schedule and needs.
When I first wake up:
Step 1. I wash my face using either the foaming cleanser or the no water cleanser to wake up my face.
Step 2. I use an eye cream.
Step 3. I put on a moisturizer.
Nothing too elaborate when I just get up.
When I take a shower: (most of these steps are all interchangeable and only happen a couple of times a week or so)
Step 1. This step really only happens on an as needed basis. Usually once or twice a week. Before getting in the shower I use a peeling gel on my face and a lip scrub. I use them before the shower so they can just be washed off in the shower.
Step 2. This step is the only one that is a definite that it will happen every time I get in the shower. I use my Daily exfoliating scrub on my face.
Step 3. I use my gel cleanser with my Sonic cleanser to deep clean my skin. This happens about three to four times a week.
Step 4. When I get out of the shower I use my toner.
Step 5. If I feel I need it I work in a serum or essence. Or if I have a sample of a beauty oil I might try it.
Step 6. Eye Cream
Step 7. Moisturize
So now lets talk about the actual products that I am using. Lets start by breaking it down into categories.
The sonic brush I use is the Clarisonic Mia 2. I use it with the gel cleanser listed below. While it is used with a cleanser, it does provide a deep cleaning that is much more like an exfoliation. How often and which brush head you use with it depends on your needs and skin type. This is one of the items I was using last year, but the amount that I use it has changed. I was previously using this one to two times a day, and now I am only use it about three to four times a week.
The peeling gel I use is the one in the front laying down. It is the PureDerm Clean & Fresh Peeling Gel. Peeling gels are a gel like consistency obviously. You take a small amount and rub them on the skin. As you do they start to exfoliate and ball up the gathered dead skin. Its quick and leaves your skin feeling baby soft. I have tried several peeling gels, and I like this one the best out of what I have tried. First the products consistency gives the best results. Some peeling gels are so thick that you end up having to grab double the product to get the same results. This one is a nice thinner, but not watery consistency. It spreads well and works quickly. Also it just has a nice clean scent, not heavily fragranced like some.
The daily facial scrub I use is the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub. This was also a product I was using last year. This works well for me. I am open to trying other scrubs, and I have tried many over the years, but this has worked the best for me so far. And I know a lot of people are concerned about micro beads right now. There is no worries about that with this scrub.
My lip scrub that I have been using is Bite Beauty’s Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub. I most likely will not be staying with this one. It is not horrible, and I definitely don’t have a bad reaction to it, but it just isn’t doing the job for me. I have recently ordered a couple of lip scrubs from Beauteque to try. Don’t be surprised if you see a product review or pic on my Instagram soon.
The foaming cleanser I am currently using, and have been for the last six months is the Happy Bath Natural Facial Yogurt Foam in Fruit Essence. I like this one, and it works well, but I don’t feel married to it. I am open to trying other brands. I think foam cleansers seem pretty standard to me. I have had some bad ones in the past, but not found any that wow me yet.
The no water cleanser, pictured on the right, is one of the earlier non-mask items I tried. I have tried other brands, and may try some more in the future. But this one is so amazing, and is great for sensitive or dry skin, I can’t imagine switching. This is from Artium its their 91% Aloe No Cleanse Water. I bought this on Beauteque’s Website, however its not currently available on there. They may put it back up, but until then a similar product I was considering trying is Nature Republic Ginkgo Wash Free Cleansing Water, you might want to give it a try as I have heard great things about it.
My gel cleanser I use with my Sonic Brush is the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I really love the way this cleanser leaves my skin feeling, and it has a nice clean pleasant smell. It just smells like fresh cucumbers to me, not in a perfume kind of, but actual fresh cucumbers. However, I have heard a handful of people say they don’t like the way this smells and that it has a different scent to them, more like rotten pickles. I am really not sure what is making for the difference in scents people are smelling, but you will have to judge for yourself.
I only have one toner that I am currently using. It is The Face Shop’s Rice Ceramide Moisture Toner. Again I got this through Beauteque, but they don’t seem to have it on their site at the moment. I have tried several toners at this point. Again this is a product that I don’t feel tied to like I do some. They have some new toners on their site that look really interesting, and if you are looking to try a new toner you might want to give them a try too. There is the Tony Moly Goat Milk Moisture Toner and the Hanaka Camellia Hyaluronic Acid Moist Toner.
These are by far my favorite part of my skincare routine. Its like having a little mini spa moment in your own home, and there is such a variety to target all sorts of areas and problems. I use a lot of different ones and constantly try new ones because I subscribe to Beauteque’s Mask Maven Subscription Service. Often I find new masks or new brands that work really well for my skin and then I purchase the ones I like to use on a more regular basis.
So pictured above are some of my favorite masks that I use the most often. All are masks that I have discovered through the Mask Maven service and then repurchased. From left to right:
MediHeal Ade Cocao – This one does so much so here is the description from the website; This is a skin purifying mask that changes your skin to be clean and soft. Its purifying effect with the cacao extract and coffee extract are excellent for sebum control and pore tightening. Raw cocoa is an anti-oxidant that helps to fight free radicals. The ingredients also provide hydration to the skin. The natural cellulouse tencel sheets are highly dermotropic and fixed easily on skin. They are helpful for sensitve skin care and deliver the effects of enriched-essence softly.
Esfolio Volcanic Ash Essence Sheet Mask – For getting rid of texture on the skin. This one is not currently available on the website, but I also highly recommend any of the esfolio sheet masks. I use several other ones, this is just my favorite one for me.
I have used and tried more than just these three items, but these are the ones that are actually part of my routine now.
This first one isn’t technically a ampoule, essence or a serum. It falls more into the category of a face oil, but I am putting it here because I feel the concept is still the same for what it does. I am using the Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment. I have used this some at night, but this tends to get used more during the day. I think out of everything I have tried it does the best under makeup because it has a slightly tacky feeling on the skin, sort of like a primer would. I like this over a more traditional face oil because its less oily feeling a more of a creamy texture. The regular oil from this brand is too heavy and leaves my skin feeling oily all day.
Next you have the Milky Dress Peach Essence. I purchased this from Beauteque, but they don’t seem to have it at the moment. It is great for treating sensitive skin with redness. You can look for when it comes back in stock on Beauteque’s Milky Dress Product Page. I use this one both equally day and night, just depending on when I feel I need it.
I am also currently using the Scinic Honey All in One Ampoule. This is one of those lazy day products that are great for your skin. What I mean by lazy day, well as implied by all in one it takes the place of more than one thing. So you can use it to substitute for toner, lotion, essense, or all three. So usually on the nights I use this (and I do strictly use this one at night since the consistency is very thick and sticky) I wash my face, put some of this on, and then I moisturize and call it a day. It is used for irritated skin or if you are acne prone skin.
Eye Creams and Serums
I would say this is the one area I was previously lacking in. I was not doing anything to take care of my eye area and it shows. It is the one are where I can really start to see the signs of aging. So now I am making sure to take extra care to use good products to take care of that area.
In the morning or anytime I cleanse my skin before doing my makeup I use the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream. I haven’t been using this one super long, but I was impressed with it enough after using the sample just a couple of times to make it a permanent part of my routine. You can definitely feel it wake your eyes up, and there is a visible difference when it goes on. I think there is something in the formula that must help reflect the light in a way so as to make the under eye area appear different.
Then at night I am alternating between two products. I don’t know that I feel tied to either of these. One is a serum and one is a moisture cream. For the longer amount of time I have been using the Clinique All About Eyes Cream. I don’t dislike it so much as I am not sure its doing as much as it should for me.
But I also recently received the Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Gel in one of the many subscription boxes I receive. I think this one might have came out of Glossybox. I have gotten a lot of great products from Glossybox, but I am still deciding how I feel about this one. Sometimes I feel like I can see a difference and other times I can’t, but its only been a few weeks.
First up I use the LadyKin Elmaju Natural Broccoli Super Brightening Cream during the day time. It is a brightening cream that has almost a color correcting effect to it, so I like using it under my makeup. When you read about it, the description will say it whitens, but often with Koren/Asian products there is a translation issue and the words whitening and brightening are interchangeable. So don’t worry, there is no bleach in this face cream.
At night I use either the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief or the Moisture Surge Intense For Very Dry To Dry Combination Skin. Both work great, but I have a slight preference for the Moisture Surge Intense. I use whichever Sephora happens to have in stock at the time, they always seem to be out of one or the other at my local Sephora. I think the one I have in the picture is the Moisture Surge Extended. These are really intense moisturizers in a gel like consistency. They have an almost cooling sensation when you put them on. This is one of the products I doubt I will ever change. Last year I was using a Clinique Moisturizer, but I was not using this one. I was using the anti redness one. I do still occasionally use it, but with my new skincare routine its just not as necessary anymore.
About two nights a week I additionally use a night mask. I use Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I love the way this one makes my skin look and feel when I wake up. My skin always feels so soft and smooth after using it.
Lip Balms and Masks
My lips stay dry constantly no matter what I do. So I try to stick with the better products that I have found, and I use even heavier mask ones at night.
So when I finish my skincare regimen morning and at night I put on this Catnip – Natural Lip Balm from Wild Rose Herbs. Yes you read that right, it is a catnip lip balm. I actually got this lip balm for the first time when I use to subscribe to the Cat Lady Box (I will save that story for another time). The tube reads: “Herbacious, fresh, and minty. May cause Kitty Snuggles.” Well in all honesty it should read will cause kitty kisses. My cats are already prone to trying to give kitty kisses, but when I have this on and they are near they will practically leap on me to give me kitty kisses. But that isn’t why I have continued to use it, because that’s really only funny the first couple of times. Its really one of the best quality everyday use lip balms I have found. Yeah I have tried some treatment type lip balms like the ones from fresh that are slightly better, and I do use those some. However these are $3.95 versus the $26 price tag on the Fresh brand.
At night right before I am about to go to sleep I use the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. It is a more intense moisturizer. You can use it during the day, but I don’t like how thick it is for daytime use. But I do love how much moisture it puts in my lips on the nights I use it. I try to use it every night, but I forget sometimes or there have been times I travel and don’t take it with me.
So as you can see there are a lot of changes and additions to my skin care routine, but there are still a few old faithful products that have stuck in there. I definitely know that I am on the right track though because my skin has never looked or felt this good in my whole life. In the last nine months I have have had only two flare ups of my contact dermatitis, and they were so mild compared to the past. One was related to something I ate and the other was being around someone with a perfume on I had a reaction too. Those of you that follow me on Instagram or happen to be Facebook friends with me on my personal account see a lot of the pictures I post of me using my various skin care products or the makeup looks I do. But I have to say, one of the pictures that I have taken that have made me happiest is this one:
It makes really proud I suppose, to say this is me with no makeup and no filter. I’m 38 years old and I think I look damn good for 38. Korean skincare saved my skin and made my life quality better in so many ways. I wish I had a picture to show you of how bad my skin looked in the past, but it wasn’t until my skin started looking better that I realized how much I avoided the camera on days my skin was the worst and I didn’t have makeup on.
As I told you before when it comes to the products at Beauteque, that is where I buy, and where I have been buying since before I became one of their social beauties. If you want to use my discount code and help me out great, you can get 10% off your order with the code KAREN. So just my name in all capitals. But if you don’t want to use my code that is fine too, but do yourself and your skin a favor and try their products.
I like hearing from my readers. Have you tried Korean skincare? If so did it help you? Have you tried Beauteque?
I have mentioned in a post or two my involvement with Beauteque, and have hinted at an upcoming post. So this is a little past due. And of course if you started following me on Instagram then you have seen some of the products I have been using. This post is a two parter about how I came to be involved with Beauteque and promoting them, and what my current skincare routine is. It is two parts because 1. there is no way to fully explain either of those two parts without the other, and 2. if I tried to combine them into one, it would be unbearably long to read.
So lets start with how I first come to hear about Beauteque. I, like a lot of other people, watch youtube videos. I watch a lot of makeup tutorials. I also watch some unboxing videos, especially if I am considering a new subscription box to try. I like to see what is in their past boxes and see if I think its worth the price for me. So as I was watching some unboxing videos it recommended that I might like one by a YouTuber named victoria donelda. And here is the video I watched:
After I watched that I was intrigued because I had heard about Korean skin care and beauty a little bit, but I hadn’t really made any major efforts to find any. And honestly I didn’t know where you could get it in the US at the time other that Sephora, and it seemed so expensive there. I definitely think skin care is worth spending money on if it works, but as I have talked about many times it is really tricky for me due to my Balsam of Peru Allergy. Laying down premium money for something I may not be able to use is not something I like to do. So hearing that there was a Subscription service, I thought hey maybe I should give it a try. I had just given up a couple subscription boxes I didn’t really like that well, and I was looking for something new to try.
For me subscription boxes, especially when it comes to skincare and makeup that are new brands to me, are a good route to go. They are usually set up where you get a good sample of a variety of things and it comes with cards that explain the products. And usually the price is better than if you bought it all individually. So I looked at their website and found they had not one, but two subscription services. They have the first one that was shown in the video called the BB Bag and then they have one where you strictly get different types of masks called Mask Maven. Clicking on the links will take you to see what was in a past months bag.
The BB Bag runs $24 a month and you get 6 to 8 full sized products as well as a cosmetic bag. The Mask Maven is $15 a month and you get 9 to 11 masks of various types. And if anyone was looking for their Head to Toe Box, I am sorry but they fazed those out some time last year. After looking over Beauteque’s website and viewing several other unboxing videos of their subscription services I decided to sign up for both services. Quite honestly what I really thought would happen is I would sign up and get them for a couple of months. I thought I would maybe end up at best with one or two products that I could use, and the rest would be put to the side to use as gifts for various people. Because 90% of the subscription services I have tried, that is what happens. However that was almost a year ago, and now I could not imagine giving up my subscriptions.
I started out with just those subscriptions, and I tentatively tried a few items at a time. It was kind of a relief the first few times I used a sheet mask and didn’t have a bad reaction. I was really worried because the packages do say they have fragrance, and that is usually a big no for me. What I have since learned is that fragrance in Korean beauty is very different from fragrance in the US. The best example I can give you is this. Think of your favorite fruit and what it smells like. Now think of the perfume version or lotion that might be sold here at a store like Bath and Body works. It always has that heavy chemical smell doesn’t it? But Korean products almost smell like the actual item, and most likely its because most of their skincare is actually made from the real item instead of some chemical process.
But obviously, using a product and it not causing a bad reaction is not enough to keep using something. What I did notice was each time I used a sheet mask my skin would look or feel a little better than my normal for a few days. So I started becoming more interested and really put some effort into researching Korean Skincare and Beauty products. It was really decision time, did I want to continue getting products and experimenting with them, or did I want to cancel my subscription?
Thee first thing I looked closer at was the actual company I was buying from, Beauteque. I started by digging around on their website. And I have to say, after reading How Beauteque Was Started, I was impressed and felt a bit of a connection to the company.
So I did some more research and one of the the things I can across was the graphic you see to your left on Pinterest (you can click on the picture to see it larger, or follow the links to the articles below to see it explained). I have since seen several graphics that are similar, but I still think this one is the best for a beginner.
I had essentially decided that I was going to start adding more items in a little at a time, and giving an Asian beauty routine a try. There was really only one problem, I fully admit that while I knew a lot about makeup, I was a bit skincare illiterate. I feel like I had always tried to take care of my skin with the basics. That for me was cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. And of course I knew that there were items available for wrinkles, but I hadn’t really felt I was there yet. Looking back at a year ago, I feel a little clueless.
I did start adding products in right away. I won’t talk about what in this article, that will be covered in part two. But what I added in the immediate were the things I was more familiar with. One of the things I had no clue about was Essences and Serums. I had noticed that some of the sheet masks that I had been using said they contained them, but I hadn’t really given it much thought. So my search to find out what they were lead me to this video:
I immediately became hooked to this ladies videos. If you are interested in Korean skincare and you want some of the science behind it or a just a decent explanation of the hows and whys of the products, the you should subscribe to Gothamista’s Channel on YouTube.
Over the next few months I started adding various products to use. I feel like I have my skincare routine now about 80% to where I want it. I am still learning and trying things. My skin has made such drastic improvements, I didn’t even think were possible for me. I feel like a whole new world has been opened up for me, and I am so thankful for it. And so when Beauteque sent out an email offering the opportunity to become a part of their new Social Beauty program, I jumped at the chance.
As I had mentioned in a post a few months back (and this was just a couple of weeks before this offer happened) I was looking for ways to help add income to our household so I could keep the blog going too. So I kind of felt like that if I do get any kind of earnings from promoting them it was a amazing opportunity since I had already been doing some post on my own personal Facebook page about how wonderful these products were. To maybe earn some money for something I was already doing, and its something that might actually help someone else, I was definitely on board.
So I want to be completely up front with everyone, like always. Yes I am affiliated with the company now. However any of the products you see me posting about are products I bought myself because I actually buy from them and believe in them. They have made a real difference in my life. I had been buying and using their products a full eight months before signing up to be affiliated with the company.
How it works for me is I have a coupon code, which is my name KAREN in full caps. When you use it on Beauteque’s Website you receive 10% your complete order including sale items and subscription services. On their website you can not stack coupons, so you have to figure out which one works best for you obviously. So sometimes you may go to the site and see they have a coupon code that is for 15% off something or for a free item with purchase. So the advantage with my coupon code is being able to use it even on sale items, because many of the other codes do not let you do that. However if you prefer to use one of the other codes, but you would like to still show me support, I still can receive credit for referring you if you type my code into the comment box when you are checking out. And because I also know some people feel funny about using coupon codes for whatever reason, you do not have to give me credit at all. But if you have severe problems with your skin like I have had all my life, I highly recommend giving some products a try. Give it 30 days and just see if it makes a difference.
I don’t think this is necessary to say for most people, but let me just put this out there, everything stated in this article is of my own opinion. I am not a doctor, so please do not take my opinion as anything more than an opinion. I deal with a serious allergy, but I do not have symptoms as bad as a lot of people, so I have more freedom to try new things to see what works for me. Even with these products I still carefully read the ingredients and avoid any of the natural ingredients I would typically be allergic to like lavender essential oil. If you are dealing with a serious allergy, please don’t take my word for it, consult with your doctor before trying anything.
Now that that is said, I want to hear from those of you who have tried Korean skin care, or even Beauteque. What have your experiences been? Have you had improvements in your skin as well? Do you do a typical Asian skin care routine or are you trying to build up to it? Have you tried anything from Beauteque? What were your thoughts?